Classic New Orleans Muffuletta Sandwich

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A Classic New Orleans Muffuletta Sandwich Recipe is the quintessential New Orleans Sandwich. Stacked tall with hearty meat and cheese, I top it with a salty olive salad. It’s the perfect sandwich for a crowd of hungry football fans!

I updated this post from an earlier version dated September 9, 2012. My blog was a baby then at six months old! I made new photos and simplified the recipe instructions.

  Muffuletta Sandwich

Classic New Orleans Muffuletta Sandwich

The Muffuletta is a sandwich that consists of an olive salad (the key ingredient), cheese, ham, and salami. Traditionally, it’s made on a round loaf of bread. (However, I find them easier to serve on an oblong loaf.) You can find them all over New Orleans, but Central Grocery claims to have invented this sandwich. The record has it, in 1906, the owner of Central Grocery, an Italian immigrant, began making this sandwich for local workers.

You can serve Muffuletta hot, cold, or at room temperature. Literally, it’s good however you serve it!

It’s totally fine to purchase the olive salad (This is Central Grocery’s original olive salad and this is Boscoli brand olive salad that I’ve used that is cheaper.). When I started making this sandwich 25 years ago I couldn’t always get olive salad so I developed a recipe for it. I included it below and it’s pretty dang close to the original.


What does Muffuletta mean?

The muffuletta is both a type of round Sicilian sesame bread and a popular sandwich that originated among Italian immigrants in New Orleans, It is made with Italian bread, cold cuts, cheese, and olive salad.

As well, a couple of ingredients you may not be familiar with. Kalamata olives are large, dark brown olives with a smooth, meaty texture, named after the city of Kalamata in Greece. 

Capers come from a prickly bush called Capparis spinosa that grows wild across the Mediterranean and parts of Asia. The taste of a caper is reminiscent of the lemony tang and brininess of green olives but with a unique floral tartness.

Mortadella is Italian luncheon meat made of finely ground heat-cured pork, which incorporates at least 15% small cubes of pork fat. Traditionally, it has a black pepper flavor. You can substitute German bologna or regular bologna. 



What you’ll need for your Muffuletta

The full recipe with ingredient amounts and instructions is at the bottom of this post. You can save a tree and save the recipe to your personal and private recipe box right here on Call Me PMc. This way you’ll never misplace it as well as help the planet. 😍

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Classic New Orleans Muffuletta Sandwich

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Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary based on the products used.

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 New Orleans Muffuletta

New Orleans Muffuletta

Classic New Orleans Muffuletta Sandwich Recipe

The quintessential New Orleans Sandwich is perfect for feeding a crowd.
Author: Paula
5 from 15 votes
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 minute
Servings: 12 servings


  • 1 round loaf Italian bread or any dense bread if you can't find Italian
  • ½ pound cotta salami sliced
  • ½ pound ham sliced
  • ½ pound pepperoni sliced
  • ½ pound provolone cheese


  • Split the bread in half.
  • Layer in this order on the bottom half of the bread: cheese, ham, pepperoni, and salami.
  • Spoon ½ to 1 cup olive salad, evenly, on top of salami. Replace the top with bread. Wrap in aluminum foil and press tightly together and let sit 30 minutes to an hour. You can also heat it in the oven if you prefer. Heat at 350° for 15 minutes then rotate and heat another 15 minutes.
  • This will keep the salad and sandwich from falling apart so much when you try to eat it.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days.


Olive Salad1/2 c Greek olives, chopped1/2 c chopped green olives stuffed with pimentos, chopped1/2 c pickled Italian vegetables1/3 c olive oil1/2 tsp crushed oregano2 T parsley1/8 tsp pepperCombine all ingredients and let sit overnight in an airtight container


Calories: 283kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 60mg | Sodium: 1150mg | Potassium: 204mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 166IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 151mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. I love Muffalettas. I haven't made it for a while. Your recipe looks delicious. Thank you so much for sharing with Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party last week.
    Have a great week.

  2. I'm originally from New Orleans and Central Grocery does have the BEST Muffalettas. Everytime I visit my family I make a point to head to the FRench Quarter and get one. I dont know why I've never tried to make one myself. I should add it to my list of New Orleans dishes that I make form my friends in Alaska. THey would love it & my boyfriend would think I'm the bee's knees if I made these for him.
    THanks for sharing at WHatcha Whipped Up!

  3. Oh my goodness, I've never had one but this looks amazingly delicious! I will definitely give this a try. Maybe for the next get together. It is football season, right? Thanks for sharing.

  4. I'm crazy for muffuletta's !!! The best sandwich ever in my mind!!! Great recipe! Suddenly I'm craving salami???

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